With events on throughout the year, you don’t have to just visit Budapest in summer to experience the festival vibe in full swing. From October 5-21, the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival livens up the city with an eclectic mix of arts including classical music, fine art, pop music, dance and film to name a few.
This exciting festival will have something to offer all tastes with mini open-air concerts popping up across the city as well as productions in key venues. Visit Müpa Budapest for performances from the National Hungarian Ballet and the sensational contemporary circus – Recirquel Company Budapest or head to the Budapest Music Center – Concert Hall to experience The Danish String Quartet, ranked the world’s leading quartets.
There are also plenty of free events and concerts including Swing à la Django, an innovative band, who have combined authentic Hungarian music harmoniously with French manouche swing and chanson, tango and jazz. You can also experience Joan Català in action across public spaces in Budapest. With just a tree trunk and a man, this production attempts to cross the boundaries of dance, theatre and contemporary circus whilst involving the audience to create an experience for the community.
Throughout the festival, the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center celebrates the 105th birthday of its artist, the world’s best-known press photographer, with an open-air exhibition with free entry. Presented in a shipping container, the installation presents the work of Hungarian-born, Robert Capa (Endre Friedmann), displaying the photos he made during his visit to Hungary in 1948 along with audio recordings, letters, and books. Visit the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival website for full event listings and tickets sales.
In between performances, make time to visit one of the thermal baths Budapest has to offer. Szechenyi Baths is open all year round and perfect on an autumn day. With both indoor and outdoor pools, the naturally hot spring waters provide relaxation for bathers with a thick steam over the baths. Taking a stroll through one of Budapest’s many parks is another must do in Autumn. With the sun low in the sky, Margaret Island is transformed into a spectacular wonderland full of golden and rust coloured leaves.
Where to stay…
The Palazzo Zichy Hotel is ideal for those wanting to be close to the action but also have a quiet retreat to return to. This elegant hotel is a former 19th century palace transformed into 80 rooms with a contemporary décor complementing the original features of the building.
The hotel is within walking distance of the Hungarian National Museum, the Great Synagogue, the Great Market Hall and the Holocaust Memorial Center. There are lots of restaurants nearby from traditional cuisine to trendy eateries and you will have easy access to the excellent metro system to take you all over Budapest.